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Saving Energy in Winter

 

 If you're smarter with the energy you use and prepare your property in advance of the cold weather, you can keep your energy use and costs as low as possible and The Prospects Foundation can help you do so. And remember, using less energy is good for the environment too.

Here are a some useful tips you can apply in your home:

 

Energy saving light bulbs

The more standard bulbs you switch to energy saving ones, the more electricity you'll save per year. Remember to turn off the light when you leave a room.

 

Double Glazing

Single glaze windows lose up to 20% of the heat in your home. Whether you install double glazing for security, home improvement or noise reduction, you're saving money on your heating bills.

 

Curtains

Thick curtains can help prevent heat loss, but they should only cover the windows, not radiators. During colder periods, keep curtains closed from dusk onwards to keep the heat in.

 

Fire

If you need secondary heating, make sure it is as energy efficient as possible. Consider wood burning heaters that can save carbon if the fuel is sourced from local renewable supplies.

 

Duvet

Use a duvet with a high enough tog to keep you warm without having to use your heating unnecessarily. Wrap up warm with jumpers and slippers too.

 

Draught Proofing

Cat flaps can be draught proofed to prevent heat escaping or cold air coming in. Consider draught proofing your home wherever you need it.

 

Radiator Reflectors

Reflector panels can prevent heat loss and increase the temperature in a room.

 

Hot Water Tank Jacket

Make sure your hot water tank is insulated with a jacket or spray foam to slow down heat loss and save energy.

 

Shower

Having a shower can use less than half the water of a bath. Some electric power showers can use lots of energy to run, so only use them for as long as necessary.

 

Cavity wall insulation

Un-insulated walls lose up to 33% of the heat in a home. Cavity wall insulation can save you much of your wasted heat. Your electricity & gas providers may do this at a
reduced cost.

 

Toilet Hippo

A Toilet Hippo reduces the amount of water used with each flush. It works by taking up space in your cistern so that each refill requires less water.

 

Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries avoid the energy needed to make disposable ones. Make sure the charger is unplugged when not in use.

 

Loft insulation

Around 25% of heat is lost through your roof. Consider top-up insulation if you have less than 100mm. Your electricity & gas providers may do this at a reduced cost.

 

Table Lamp

Table lamps can save energy when they use low energy light bulbs. Make sure lamps are switched off when not in use for even greater savings.

 

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